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Notre Dame probably had the most dismal game, especially the first half, of any team in the top 25.
The only bright spots for the team were a decent second-half comeback by Tommy Rees after first-string quarterback Dayne Crist was pulled (although Rees still made some bad throws and mistakes), outstanding play from Michael Floyd (two touchdowns and 154 yards on 12 receptions), and a solid running game from Cierre Wood with over 100 yards
Although the team could have played better, it was mistakes that really killed the Irish. A fumble for a touchdown, a dropped punt inside the 20-yard line and two interceptions in the red zone, might have derailed Notre Dame's BCS hopes after just one week.
Not only did the bumbling team not look ready for what should have been a relatively easy matchup against the University of South Florida, but Brian Kelly was also outcoached by Skip Holtz, son of the legendary Irish coach Lou Holtz.
As an Irish fan, as much as it pains me to say it, there is no way Notre Dame deserves to be in the top 25. The team will need to fight its way back against an extremely tough schedule ahead. It's going to be an uphill battle for the Irish all season.